They Weren't Ready

This is gonna rub a lot of people the wrong way, but I guess that's part of being a blogger. I hit on this earlier and the evidence is piling up. God, this is bad. New Orleans, and the state of Louisiana, let's face it, are very backwards compared to the rest of the country. I have a friend that lives in Baton Rouge who told me a story a while back about how they were celebrating completion of a highway interchange...that took them 15 years to build. I'm not trying to pile on here, but there is a unfortunate price paid for poverty and corruption in a city or state. They weren't ready...it wasn't a priority. Old ways were the priority. Ignoring problems were the priority. And now it's the Feds fault for not being able to snap their fingers and fix things immediately. I wish so much I had the freedom to leave everything in Vegas behind for a few months and go down there an help. My hat's off to those that can and I hope the suffering ends soon. Then, I hope lessons are learned and Louisiana leaves behind the days of mafia-type governor's, corrupt D.A.'s, self-obsessed Klansmen and the like and joins us in the 21st Century.

MORE: The Rottweiler echoes my sentiments, but with a bit more gusto.

EVEN MORE: Talk about blowing your chance to have a Rudy Giuliani moment. Real nice, Mr. Mayor, real nice.

UPDATE: Did Bush order the evacuation?

MORE: Cassandra puts it much better than I did and with far fewer words. How Lincolnesque.

STILL MORE: Junkyard Blog gives us a look at the emergency plan on the books. Oops!